Guwahati, Sep 20: “A university degree is no longer a passage to certain employment. There is a need to add new skills with the latest technologies. Innovation and creativity are the keywords of our times”, said Prof B. J. Rao, Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad.
Delivering the convocation address at the 8th Convocation of the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) here today, Prof. Rao called upon the students try empowering themselves with skilled in tune with the latest technologies emerging in their respective fields to add value to their basic university degrees.
He also exhorted upon the students to realize their responsibilities towards the country and the society at large.
The Convocation of the USTM was held here today in the presence of a galaxy of Vice Chancellors, heads of institutions and dignitaries.
Altogether 1305 graduates were awarded degrees, out of which 15 scholars were awarded Ph.D. degrees, 775 students were awarded Post Graduate degrees and 515 students were awarded Undergraduate degrees.
Honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) was conferred upon Dr. N. N. Dutta, Founder and Chancellor, Assam Down Town University while Padma Shri Manas Chaudhuri, former Editor of The Shillong Times and former Education Minister of Meghalaya was presented with Honorary D.Litt. degree by the Governor of Meghalaya, Satya Pal Malik who is the Visitor of the USTM. The Governor also presided over the convocation held at the central auditorium of the university.
Education Minister of Meghalaya, Lahkmen Rymbui and a host of Vice Chancellors graced the occasion as Guests of Honour. The distinguished dignitaries present in the Convocation included, Dr. B. J. Rao, VC, University of Hyderabad; Dr. N. Lokendra Singh, VC, Manipur University; Dr. R. M. Pant, VC, Assam University, Silchar; Prof. Saket Kushwaha, VC, Rajiv Gandhi University, Aunachal Pradesh and Dr. V. K. Jain, former VC, Tezpur University, apart from Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor and Prof GD Sharma, VC, USTM.
Addressing the gathering, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik said, “The university is an outcome of its founder Mahbubul Hoque’s vision to change lives of the people of the region by empowering them with education”.
The Chancellor of USTM, Mahbubul Hoque welcoming all the participants said, “We aspire to become a world class university and I appeal to all the stakeholders to join us in our endeavour to transform this university into a world class institution and participate in the nation-building process”. He also expressed his gratefulness to the Government of Meghalaya for its help in the creation of USTM.
Apart from this, 24 gold medals were awarded to the best Post Graduates of various departments while 21 gold medals were given away to the best undergraduate students from different departments.